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Since RED’s announcement of their world-beating (and certainly Canon-beating) SCARLET X, their website has been down sporadically, but I was able to grab the full specification sheet from their website during a moment of uptime. First of all, I want to say that yes, you can shoot a beautiful film on the new Canon C300 — in fact, Vincent Laforet already did — so, taken in historical context there is nothing wrong with Canon’s new camera. A few years ago it would’ve been amazing. But it’s not a few years ago, and in fact just a few hours after Canon launched their first foray into the professional motion picture arena, they were upstaged by a startup named RED (you could also argue that the Sony F3 is also a superior option). While the Canon will be better in certain areas — low light performance, perhaps? — the SCARLET X starts at half the price of the Canon. Yes, you’ll need to add some accessories, but looking at these specs, I couldn’t help but order one. More »

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I guessed RED’s 2/3″ SCARLET was dead, and now it’s confirmed. RED just announced the SCARLET-X, which more than backs up their claim that they were bringing a Bazooka to tonight’s knife fight with Canon. The SCARLET X is not the low-cost “3K for $3K” SCARLET announced years ago, but is instead the interchangeable lens camera formerly known as the EPIC-S, and it looks like an amazing deal. It is very, very close to being the same Camera as the $28,000 EPIC-X — it’s the same size and weight, has the same large sensor, takes the same accessories, and maxes out at the same 5K resolution — except the SCARLET-X starts at under $10K. Canon C300, we hardly knew ye. More »

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On the right: the just-announced Canon Cinema EOS C300. But this shot from the Engadget live blog very clearly shows a DSLR on the left — with the “C” logo that indicates it’s a Cinema EOS camera. But the new EOS-1D X that we’ve seen (so far at least) doesn’t have that logo. So what is it, a 5D Mark III? Will the production 1D X have the logo, and if so what exactly delineates “Cinema”? UPDATE: turns out it’s a new full frame DSLR “under development” that offers “4K video,” which I’m interpreting to mean the same kind of “4K” as the C300 — right? I mean, why would they let a presumably cheaper DSLR upstage their historic movie camera? Either way, here’s a better picture and the press release: More »

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The just-announced Canon Cinema EOS C300 has a 4K* sensor. But yes, there’s an asterisk there, and it turns out the Super35 CMOS sensor’s native resolution of 3840×2160 (which is exactly double that of 1080P’s 1920×1080 resolution) isn’t a “traditional” 4K, and the camera outputs at 1080P. It reportedly has 1920 x 1080 pixels for red and blue, and 1920 x 2160 pixels for green. Here’s the deal from DV Info: More »

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We’ve all been wondering what Canon’s video division has been up to since their 5D Mark II HDSLR unwittingly ushered in a low-cost, large sensor video revolution. The answer three years in the making: the Canon Cinema EOS C300. There are two cameras, the C300 and C300PL, which are identical except for the PL lens mount on the latter. Via DV Info, here are the official specs: More »

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At 3pm PST, Canon will announce their new professional motion picture camcorder(s). At 6pm PST, RED will do the same. The latest rumors are that Canon will announce two camcorders, one EF and one PL mount, and that the name (according to this store, at least, is the Canon EOS 300C (which I have my doubts about)). Meanwhile RED’s Jim Jannard has been alternately hyping and managing expectations for their SCARLET. Stay tuned tonight for the official announcements, but in the meantime here are the latest rumored specs of what’s coming from Canon: More »

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As you already know, Canon is releasing a motion picture camera on November 3rd. Not one to let Canon steal their thunder, RED countered by scheduling their SCARLET announcement for the same day. In order to make such a bold move, I assumed RED had some advance insider knowledge of Canon’s plans, but RED’s head honcho Jim Jannard claims RED has “no idea what Canon is going to announce.” He also called the day “Ali vs. Frasier” [sic]. And he’s confident enough to say, “My bet is that after our November 3rd announcement… we will never, ever, be out of back-order. Ever. Really. Never… ever.” This kind of confidence does not come from announcing a camera with a sensor several times smaller than the competition’s. More »

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Perhaps confirming the rumors that they will release their first camcorder designed for Hollywood/professional/whatever-you-want-to-call-it feature filmmaking on November 3rd, Canon today announced the opening of their “Canon Hollywood Professional Technology and Support Center” at 6060 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. I doubt very much they are opening a service center in LA to fix DSLRs, especially with the name “Hollywood Professional” in the title. Here’s the full press release: More »

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Since Canon’s original announcement of something “historic” coming on November 3rd, there hasn’t been any hard and fast information about what kind of history they’ll be making. But rumors have been flying about a Super 35 4K camcorder, and as someone with an upcoming feature to shoot I’ve certainly been curious about what Canon has planned. RED will release SCARLET on the same day, and it’s very likely that many upcoming independent features over the next few years are going to be shot on one of these new cameras (in addition to existing RED cameras and the Sony F3). Again, no one knows for sure, but what seems likely? More »